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Violin labelled “Nicolas Amatus”, Mirecourt, France, early twentieth century$ 2,500.00
Despite the label, this neatly-made, Mirecourt violin is based on a Stradivari model, though interestingly, it has some of the warmth and sweetness one would expect from an Amatese instrument, rather than the brighter tone usually associated with the flatter Stradivari arching. The wood of the back is of a less common species of maple, often associated with the golden brown varnish this violin is finished with, and though relatively plain, has a pleasing iridescence. The tone is even over all four strings, and the violin speaks freely.
C261 German trade, late 19th or early 20th century$ 2,700.00
Although this violin has a commercial, spirit-based varnish, it has been made in the style of the 18th and 19th century hand copyists of Stainer and Amati, with a long, slightly narrow outline and a full, rounded arching which rises from the purfling. The sound is strongly influence by the modelling, with an unusual, deep but clear tone.
C349, Unlabelled “Amati” copy violin, Germany, late 19th or early 20th centuries$ 2,700.00
True to its Amatese modelling – the broad, scooped channels within the purfling and the high, smoothly arched curves of the belly and back – this German violin has a sweet, silvery tone, with clarity and a reasonable volume. The one-piece maple back has a very attractive, narrow flame, and the edge work is delicate, with slender, tapered corners.
S317 1/2 violin Jürgen Klier, Mörendorf, Germany, early 21st century$ 2,700.00
The Klier family have been active as violin makers and manufacturers for several generations. The Jürgen Klier workshops are based in Mörendorf, an outlying town northwest of the major violin making centre of Bubenreuth. This half-sized violin has been well made, with a strongly scraped, attractively antiqued varnish. The tone is very good for a small instrument, with warmth, depth and clarity. The violin has been well set up and is very easy to play.
It comes with a sturdy, oblong case and a bow.
S378 Unlabelled, handmade, Chinese, early twenty first century$ 2,700.00
Despite the absence of a label, this violin is readily identifiable as a fairly faithful copy of the “Paganini Il Cannone” violin of 1742 by Guarneri del Gesu, from the long, slender, Brescian-style ‘f’ holes to the chunky scroll with its tightly carved volutes. The varnish, though attractively antiqued, is more generic, with a warm, golden orange-red colour layer and wiped edges. The maple back is in one piece, with an appealing, narrow flame. The tone is even across all four strings, and clear and strong in higher positions as well as in lower registers.
C414 Unlabelled violin, stamped “Pique Paris”, Germany, late nineteenth century$ 2,700.00
This charming but curiously modelled violin has a silvery, sweet tone, which speaks easily and allows for dynamic subtlety. Despite the stamp “PIQUE PARIS” under the button on the back, neither the model nor the varnish bear any resemblance to the work of that maker. The flattish arching rises virtually from the purfling, the middle bout is very broad and the ‘f’ holes owe more to the “Amati” school than to any French Stradivari model, such as the one François Pique used.
Start sale price: $2,700.00
S407 7/8 violin unlabelled, German, but in the French Mirecourt style, late nineteenth or early 20th century$ 2,750.00
While large three-quarter or small full-size violins abound, it is rare to come across a genuine seven-eighths violin. These instruments were made as “ladies’ violins” for people of smaller adult build or with smaller hands. This example, with a back length of 347.5mm, or just under 13 ¾ inches, has a red-brown varnish and crisp edges very much in the style of the French Mirecourt workshops, but is probably made in Germany: the original label, now lost, would probably have used the term “Französische”. The tone is clear and even, and speaks easily.
C343, Labelled “Stradivarius”, European, probably German, early 20th century$ 2,800.00
This pleasant-looking, European-manufactured violin has relatively plain-looking wood but a surprisingly attractive tone, open, resonant, warm and characterful. The varnish is a red-gold colour, shaded to simulate wear but without any other antiquing.
C392 Labelled “Stradivarius”, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 2,800.00
This rather striking, red-gold coloured German violin, though labelled “Stradivarius”, is something of a hybrid: the outline is Stradivarian; the ‘f’ holes, scroll and arching owe more to Guarneri del Gesu; and the ‘f’ hole nicks follow Andreas Amati. The tone is rich and characterful, with an ease and clarity of production.
S321 Labelled “Michele Deconet… 2005” China, early twenty-first century$ 2,900.00
This is a very attractive-looking violin, with a golden orange-brown, lightly-antiqued varnish that enhances the appearance of the wood below. Michele Deconet was an eighteenth century Venetian maker of French birth, whose output was prolific but quite variable in style. Some small attempts have been made here to imitate the detail of his work, most notably in the narrow, tapering lower wings of the ‘f’ holes, though the upper wings are decidedly Stradivarian. The tone is clear and resonant, and particularly pleasing on the D and A strings.
S318 Unlabelled, Chinese, early twenty first century$ 2,950.00
This attractive-looking instrument is one of the new breed of handmade violins now emerging from China. The wood of the back and ribs may well be European, and has an attractive, soft, glowing flame. Though unlabelled, the violin is a reasonable copy of the work of Guarneri del Gesu. The tone of the upper strings is particularly appealing, with clarity, resonance but no harshness.
S420 Violin labelled “Stradivarius”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 3,000.00
This charming violin has a “birds-eye” maple back, ribs, neck and head, an unusual wood figure of which this is a very pretty example. The tone is both warm and clear, with an appealing character and a good balance across all four strings. Though made at a time when Germany’s violin manufacturing workshops were producing hundreds of thousands of violins every year, this violin has retained its own individuality.
Start sale price: $3,000.00
S431 Adam Houtman violin, Wellington, New Zealand, 1988$ 3,200.00
Adam Houtman is a Dutch-New Zealand amateur maker, who produced a number of instruments in the late twentieth and early twenty first century. The wood is generally well-chosen—the back plate on this instrument has a very handsome flame—and the broad-grained belly is cut exactly on the quarter to maximise arching strength. While the edge work is a little bulky, the ‘f’ holes are characterful and have been carved with a sure hand. The tone is pleasing, with an evenness of character throughout.
Start sale price: $3,200.00
S142 Carl Sandner “Stradivarius”copy violin, model “Rex”, Mittenwald, Germany$ 3,500.00
Carl Sandner was a good violin maker in his own right, but most of the instruments with this label are from the large violin manufacturing workshop he established in Mittenwald, in the Bavarian Alps. This is one of the workshop’s better models, hand-finished with a soft, amber-coloured spirit varnish, and with a well-selected, one-piece maple back. The tone is clear and resonant.
S226 “Mastri” 3/4 violin$ 3,500.00
“Mastri”, Markneukirchen, Germany 2010.
Mastri violins has produced a wide range of good quality student instruments since 2004, but its training and expertise are rooted in the violin making tradition of the Vogtland. This attractive small violin is varnished in the modern Markneukirchen style with a lightly antiqued, golden red-orange finish. The maple, one-piece back has a narrow, regular flame, and the violin is set up with good quality fittings and strings. The tone is surprisingly rich and resonant, fully justifying its price. The violin is accompanied by a modern case and good-quality pernambuco bow.
S360 Unlabelled, “Maggini” copy, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 3,500.00
In the heyday of commercial German violin production, large workshops made many “Maggini”-copy violins, characterised by a broad model and arching, double purfling lines, long, narrow “Brescian”-style ‘f’ holes, and – as with this handsome example – an extra turn on the scroll and “birds eye” maple. The pleasing visual appearance of this violin is matched by a lovely, characterful tone, with a clear, ready response, a bell-like resonance and strength in the lower registers.